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Virus worries latest hurdle in Florida school shooting case

Nov. 17, 2020 10:38 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Concerns about the coronavirus in jail emerged Tuesday as the latest roadblock in the death penalty case against Nikolas Cruz, who is accused in the 2018 massacre that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Defense attorneys said at a hearing they want written health safety...

FILE - New York Giants rookie DeAndre Baker talks to reporters during NFL football rookie camp in East Rutherford, N.J., in this Friday, May 3, 2019, file photo. in East Rutherford, N.J. Former New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was cleared of robbery charges in Florida on Monday  Nov. 16, 2020, after his alleged victims' attorney was arrested on extortion charges. The Broward County State Attorney's Office announced it was dropping all charges against Baker shortly after the county sheriff's office arrested attorney William Dean, 50, and charged him with extortion. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Ex-Giant Baker cleared of robbery; victims' lawyer arrested

Nov. 16, 2020 1:18 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was cleared of robbery charges in Florida on Monday after his alleged victims' attorney was arrested on extortion charges. The Broward County State Attorney's Office announced it was dropping all charges against Baker shortly...

Residents clear debris from a flooded street in the Driftwood Acres Mobile Home Park, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Davie, Fla. Tropical Storm Eta was squatting off western Cuba on Tuesday after drifting away from South Florida, where it unleashed a deluge that flooded entire neighborhoods and covered the floors of some homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Eta remains a tropical storm as Florida prepares for 2nd hit

Nov. 11, 2020 8:04 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Eta remained a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon as it prepared to skirt past the heavily populated Tampa Bay region in Florida and crash ashore in the coming hours somewhere to the north along the Gulf of Mexico coast. The storm's maximum sustained winds remained at about 70...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 1971, file photo, 16-year-old tennis star Chris Evert holds a bouquet of roses given to her by the mayor as she gets a hug from her mother, Colette, and father, James, upon returning from the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Colette Evert, the matriarch of a tennis family that produced five children who were successful in the age-group and professional ranks, including 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, has died. She was 92. She died last Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Deerfield Beach, Florida, according to a tweet by Chris Evert and an online obituary posted by Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home in Fort Lauderdale. (AP Photo/File)

Colette Evert, mother of Chris Evert, dies at 92

Nov. 11, 2020 4:15 PM EST

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Colette Evert, the matriarch of a tennis family that produced five children who were successful in the age-group and professional ranks, including 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, has died. She was 92. She died last Thursday in Deerfield Beach, Florida, according to a...

This Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Eta at 10:40 a.m. EST in the Gulf of Mexico, Theta, right, and a tropical wave to the south that forecasters say has a good chance of becoming Tropical Storm Iota. (NOAA via AP)

Final weeks of historic hurricane season bring new storms

Nov. 10, 2020 4:01 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Just when you thought it should be safe to go back to the water, the record-setting tropics are going crazy. Again. Tropical Storm Eta is parked off the western coast of Cuba, dumping rain. When it finally moves again, computer models and human forecasters are befuddled about...

Lemay Acosta pulls his daughter Layla, 2, and dog Buster on a boat as they tour his flooded neighborhood in Plantation, Fla., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, a day after Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys and flooded parts of South Florida. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Tropical Storm Eta floods already drenched Florida cities

Nov. 9, 2020 10:35 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A deluge of rain from Tropical Storm Eta caused flooding Monday across South Florida's most densely populated urban areas, stranding cars, flooding businesses, and swamping entire neighborhoods with fast-rising water that had no place to drain. Elsewhere, forecasters announced...

Inter Miami forward Julian Carranza (21) jumps for the ball with FC Cincinnati defender Nick Hagglund (14) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Inter Miami seals MLS playoff bid, beats FC Cincinnati 2-1

Nov. 8, 2020 6:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mikey Ambrose and Leandro González Pirez scored four minutes apart and Inter Miami clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 over FC Cincinnati on Sunday. Inter Miami (7-13-3) earned the No. 10 seed in the MLS Eastern Conference playoffs. It entered the day with a two-game...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Debra Hixon, wife of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School athletic director Chris Hixon, who was killed during a school shooting, speaks as Florida governor Ron DeSantis, left, looks on during a news conference, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Hixon, easily won election to the nine-member Broward County school board. She joins Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter Alyssa also died in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting. Fourteen students and three staff members were killed. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Widow of Florida massacre victim elected to school board

Nov. 4, 2020 12:35 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The widow of a teacher killed in the 2018 Florida high school massacre has won election Tuesday to that county's school board, joining the mother of a slain student. Debra Hixon, the widow of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School athletic director Chris Hixon, easily won...

Feds: Florida officers protected cocaine shipment for cash

Nov. 1, 2020 3:08 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two South Florida police officers, who liked to pattern themselves after the “Bad Boys” movie franchise, are facing charges that they provided protection for a fake cocaine transfer orchestrated by federal agents. Miami-Dade County officers Roderick Flowers and...

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after arriving at Pope Army Field for an event with troops at Fort Bragg, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Pope Field, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump meets troops involved in al-Baghdadi raid

Oct. 29, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump quietly met with U.S. Special Forces troops involved in last year’s raid to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump flew into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Thursday for what...